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Poor cargo loading can lead to an accident

On Behalf of | Dec 9, 2021 | Truck accidents |

Truck accidents in Florida are not necessarily the fault of the truck driver or the actions of other motorists. The actual cargo being hauled can present specific problems under certain circumstances, and especially when the trailer is not loaded properly. Drivers are responsible for inspecting loads both before and during the hauling process, but they are often limited in access to the loading under some conditions. And when trailers and containers are not loaded according to specifications, accidents can happen that are little fault of the driver.

Container balance

Shipping containers are often loaded for pick up as soon as a driver arrives at the point of origin, which limits the amount of cargo inspection a driver can perform before beginning the project. This makes it easier for a driver to pick up a load that has been improperly loaded internally. Unbalanced loads are common contributors if not direct causes of many truck accidents.

Overweight loads

Another problem that drivers face is hauling an overloaded container. Shipping contractors commonly put too much cargo in a container when they are trying to avoid having to contract two trucks. This presents problems in the handling of the tractor that may not be designed for the excess weight. Not only will the tractor have movement problems, but standard braking distance may not apply in all situations.

Shifted loads

Containers that are not fully loaded are commonly involved in big rig accidents. Partial load containers and flatbeds are usually the issue, as internal loads can shift during transit and anchoring booms on flatbeds can work loose when not secured properly.

A primary problem in truck accident cases that occur due to improper loading is that state DOT often does not conduct a thorough review regarding causation. This means that representatives for injured plaintiffs typically conduct the in-depth investigation into how an accident actually happened.